Letters from the Klondike

Written by Sidney Watson from Vancouver, Canada during the 1898/99 winter and later in 1899, just before he and his wife, Annie, returned to Australia after two summers on the Goldfields of Alaska and British Columbia. Philip Sidney Watson, of Gregory Downs, married Annie Lister in January 1898. Annie was a suffragist with a BA … Continue reading Letters from the Klondike

Greg Watson and Ruby Taylor

With information also provided by Andrew Taylor - Ruby was Andrew's Great, Great, Grandfather's sister. Three Watson brothers, Philip Sidney and Harry Frederick who were twins, and a younger brother, Robert McGregor "Greg", established `Gregory Downs Station' in 1877. The three brothers had left their home, `Walwa', on the upper Murray River in Victoria and … Continue reading Greg Watson and Ruby Taylor

The Fire Beacons of England & the Kinleside Family Crest

Edith Alexa Kinleside married John Coleridge "Jack" Blackmore in 1915. Edith came from "Uppingham" at Koorawatha near Cowra, NSW and Jack came from nearby "Landsdowne" at Wattamondara. In 1929, with their only son Lewis Kinleside Blackmore, born in 1917, moved to “Mt View”, Clandulla, near Rylstone, also in NSW. The Kinleside Family Crest represented the … Continue reading The Fire Beacons of England & the Kinleside Family Crest

“Walter” the Rural Property Buyer

WALK IN'S AND FAIR DINKUM BUYERS Some time ago, in the early 1980's, before the internet and mobile phones, prospective property buyers would sometimes come into the office of Lloyd Taylor & Co at Moura without making any prior arrangements. In real estate terms these people are called "walk ins", common with house sales but … Continue reading “Walter” the Rural Property Buyer

Phil Schaffert, Gregory Downs Manager 1931 to 1944

Guest Post by Beverley O'Hara Background In October 1876 three Watson brothers left from “Walwa” on the Upper Murray in Victoria, following a survey trip by Greg, one of the brothers, in 1875, to settle on the Gregory River at “Gregory Downs” some 120 kilometres south of Burketown, arriving in August 1877. Two of the … Continue reading Phil Schaffert, Gregory Downs Manager 1931 to 1944

Emily Watson and George Black

The first of Sydney Grandison “Grandie” and Isabella Watson’s children to marry was Isabella “Emily” who married George Black from Tarwin Meadows (near Inverloch) in Victoria. Isabella Emily Watson The marriage took place at All Saints Church, St Kilda on the 27 th July 1871. Emily was only 20 years of age at the time … Continue reading Emily Watson and George Black

Julia Farr and Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean (located between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia) and is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. The evergreen Norfolk Island pine is a symbol of the island and thus pictured on its flag. Famous residents include the novelist Colleen McCullough, (The Thorn Birds, Masters of … Continue reading Julia Farr and Norfolk Island

“Clovernook”, Bauhinia District

In 1966, Lew Blackmore from "Chester", Clandulla in NSW, and who also owned Gregory Downs south of Burketown, purchased “Clovernook”, a 12,706 acre property, near Bauhinia Downs, west of Moura. Scott Hallam from Australian Estates in Rockhampton was the agent and they purchased the property from Graham and Shirley McCamley for around $9 per acre … Continue reading “Clovernook”, Bauhinia District

Watson Bros & The Gregory Hotel

In 1876 the Watson brothers; Harry Frederick Watson, Phillip Sidney Watson and Robert Mc Gregor 'Greg' Watson left from the Upper Murray where their father, Sydney Grandison Watson, owned Walwa and Tintaldra Stations. They brought 900-odd mixed cattle from Dotswood Station and started out for the Upper Diamantina and later the Flinders River. They had … Continue reading Watson Bros & The Gregory Hotel

Lew Blackmore, Model Engineer

A pastoralist and pilot, Lew Blackmore was interested in all things mechanical and as a child had an extensive Meccano set. He then joined the RAAF during WW2 and trained as an Aircraft Fitter and was posted to RAAF Base Darwin during the Japanese bombing raids of 1942 and later to Adelaide Waters. He inherited … Continue reading Lew Blackmore, Model Engineer